Steve Verze is not afraid of anything. This London engineer has agreed to become the first patient on the planet to receive a fully 3D printed prosthetic eye. The operation, which went off without a hitch on November 25 at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, is not intended to help the 40-year-old regain sight in his left eye, but is nonetheless akin to a small revolution in ophthalmological medicine.
The first step in making a traditional acrylic implant is to make a mold of the eye socket, a cumbersome and invasive procedure that sometimes requires general anesthesia. Steve Verze did not need to get there: the device developed by Moorfields Eye Hospital consists of performing a simple scan of about 30 minutes to obtain a digital twin of the orbit.
A “fantastic” result
The patient’s data was then transferred to the German company Fit AG, which only needed two and a half hours to print the eye. He was returned to London hospital, where ophthalmic teams checked the quality of the prosthesis and waxed. 3D printing reduced the process time to just three weeks, compared to the usual six.
This innovative technique also has the advantage of allowing more light to pass through the prosthesis, which makes its appearance more realistic and natural. Steve Verze, who has had an implant since he was 20 and has “ always felt self-conscious about it “, Has already confirmed that his new eye looked” fantastic “. What gives hope to some eight million people in the world who today live with an ocular prosthesis, because of a deformity, after an illness or an accident.
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